|THE iDOLM@STER Second Vision Data|
She is voiced by Haruka Tomatsu (戸松遥 Tomatsu Haruka).
THE iDOLM@STER Dearly Stars Statistics
Ai is the daughter of a former superstar idol in Japan, Mai Hidaka. She is very peppy and motivated by the fame of her mother, although she cries at defeat. She is a hot blooded girl, known for having a lot of energy and her determination. Ai is prone to shouting most of her speech, especially when excited. She is also good at all kinds of television shows.
Ai, wishing to become an idol as famous as her mother once was, has been participating in tests at various talent agencies, but she has failed every single one of them. Her inability to even begin to follow into her mother's footsteps becomes a complex to her. As Ai bursts into tears, alone in a public park, she is approached by 765 Production idol Haruka Amami, who was a special judge at one of the tests Ai has taken. Having sensed something special about Ai's singing, Haruka comforts her and introduces her to 876 Production's president Ishikawa. The president is very quick to invite Ai into 876, as she believes that her mother's name alone should be enough to propel Ai to the top. Ai protests against it, stating that she wants to become an idol using only her own strength. She is then given one chance to prove herself, at a rookie idol audition.
Along with fellow idol Ryo Akizuki, Manami Okamoto was assigned as Ai's manager, with Eri Mizutani already having Reiko Ozaki as her producer. However, Manami was later dismissed, leaving Ai to manage herself alone.
Ai continues to rise up in ranks to become a top idol, however she will have to be independent and have to fight off the shadows of her past, including Manami, Haruka and her own mother Mai Hidaka.
Ai makes her HD debut in THE iDOLM@STER 2 on the PlayStation 3. She is downloadable from the 3rd DLC Catalog as an in-story rival and Stage For You! performer and sings "ALIVE" and "GO MY WAY!!". Her appearance has not changed in design since this update.
Ai also appeared in Volume 7 of THE iDOLM@STER Gravure For You! as a guest idol, wearing the "Exercise Wear NEO" costume, making her the only guest character in Gravure For You! to not wear a swimsuit.
She sings the BGM music "ALIVE", "GO MY WAY!!", and "HELLO!!" in this mode. She uses the same model as her iDOLM@STER 2 appearance and has an introduction video featured in volume 7.
Ai is one of the rival characters in the STAR OF FESTA mode for Honey Sound, Groovy Tune, and Funky Note. She is an A rank rival who can be challenged in the HARD difficulty. When defeated, she will give her Name Card to the player, and obtaining it adds 40 points to the player's score after their performance.
Ai, alongside Eri and Ryo, makes a cameo appearance in one of Mirai Kasuga's SR cards, titled Hot-Blooded Rebounder.
Ai makes a guest appearance in the tenth mini DLC album titled Azusa friends "Blessing", in which she performs her song "ALIVE".
Initially, Ai is the Rank Up Festival boss for the D3 rank, where she displays her skill, とつげき豆タンク！ (Tankette Assault!), which causes the player's Normal and Memory appeal to be worth 10 point max while she bursts. She is only available to be seen while she burst appeals, which displays her performing the song "ALIVE" in her 876PRO CUTE AI costume. Unfortunately, she is unable to be outside of the short time from the burst appeal.
However, she later debuted in the unit Dearly Stars alongside her fellow 876 Production idols: Eri Mizutani and Ryo Akizuki. Reprising a performance similar to her iDOLM@STER 2 appearance, her unit displays the song "HELLO!!".
Ai Hidaka and Eri Mizutani make a cameo appearance in one of Ryo Akizuki's SR+ cards, titled Candid Shot+.
Ai Hidaka cameos as part of the unit Dearly Stars, along with Eri Mizutani and Ryo Akizuki, as a possible rival the player can face.
Other Media Appearances
Ai Hidaka makes a guest appearance in episode 10 of the anime along with Ryo Akizuki and Eri Mizutani as a trio of good friends from 876 Production. They are not the main focus of the story, but they do have a few lines of dialogue with the other two.
Although Ai, Eri, and Ryo do not appear directly in the movie, their idol activities can be seen on posters and advertisements in the movie.
Ai is the main protagonist of this manga. It is a retelling of her route from Dearly Stars.
Recorded Solo Songs
|Recorded Solo Songs|
|"HELLO!!"||M@STER VERSION||THE IDOLM@STER DREAM SYMPHONY 03 Ai Hidaka|
|Watashi wa Idol ♥||M@STER VERSION|
|GO MY WAY!!||M@STER VERSION|
|M@STER VERSION||THE IDOLM@STER BEST OF 765+876=!! VOL.01|
|THE Ai||Ai Solo Version||THE IDOLM@STER BEST OF 765+876=!! THE iDRE@MLOST|
Recorded Group Songs
|Recorded Group Songs|
|"HELLO!!"||M@STER VERSION||THE IDOLM@STER DREAM SYMPHONY 00 "HELLO!!"||Eri Mizutani and Ryo Akizuki|
|THE IDOLM@STER BEST OF 765+876=!! VOL.02|
|THE iDOLM@STER (Vinyl)|
|THE IDOLM@STER 765PRO ALLSTARS+ GRE@TEST BEST! -THE IDOLM@STER HISTORY-|
|Happeace||Full Version||THE IDOLM@STER DREAM SYMPHONY 00 "HELLO!!"||Eri Mizutani and Ryo Akizuki|
|THE IDOLM@STER BEST OF 765+876=!! VOL.02|
|THE Ai||Full Version||THE IDOLM@STER BEST OF 765+876=!! VOL.01||Haruka Amami, Makoto Kikuchi, Yayoi Takatsuki and Hibiki Ganaha|
|THE IDOLM@STER||Game Version||THE IDOLM@STER BEST OF 765+876=!! VOL.03|
|GO MY WAY!!||Game Version||THE IDOLM@STER ANIM@TION MASTER 03|
Drama CD Appearances
- Ai's hometown was not listed in her original profile data, while her Cinderella Girls data listed it as "876 Production". Her official hometown was finally revealed in 2020 with the release of the official idol list.
- Ai's character voice actress Haruka Tomatsu and Eri's voice actress Kana Hanazawa often work together.
- She shares the same birthday with Sana Miyoshi.
Ai in Dearly Stars.
Ai in Splash Red.
Ai in Innocent Blue.
Ai in Neue Green.
Ai in THE iDOLM@STER 2
Ai in G4U! Vol. 7.
Ai in SHINY FESTA.
Ai's profile in SHINY FESTA.
Ai's cameo appearance in Million Live!.
Ai and Eri's cameo appearance in SideM.